OnePlus 8 phones and other OnePlus phones will get the ability to always display the screen that fans have begged for.
We know this thanks to the announcement of the only Chinese operating system of HydrogenOS 11, OnePlus’. The big difference between HydrogenOS and OxygenOS (OS used by all other countries) is that HydrogenOS does not use Google Mobile Services, something that most western Android users would lose without.
You can see what this looks like in action thanks to this video, shared by suggester Ishan Agarwal. Since both operating systems share significant amounts of DNA, this clip is a good representation of what OnePlus devices will be capable of in just a few months.
OnePlus̵7;s HydrogenOS 11 official video for China. Expect OxygenOS 11 to be heavily influenced by it, but with Google Play Services. Always on screen, Animations & Use one hand. #OnePlus # HydrogenOS11 pic.twitter.com/IbdXKrj7egAugust 10, 2020
The main feature is the introduction of an all-screen display, which was recently discovered. This is a common sight on other Android phones, such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 20, which was just launched last week. However OnePlus has often proved stubborn when it comes to introducing other features like IP resistance ratings and wireless charging, common on rival phones, making this an important move for the company.
Along with the redesigned interface and the introduction of a one-way mode, which are also shown here, there is no guarantee that all of these changes will come. But given the demand it has had, there is really no good excuse for OnePlus not to make live changes for all users.
OnePlus also just launched its final OxygenOS 11 Developer Preview 11. This is not something you will find automatically downloading to your OnePlus device just yet, as it is intended for developers and enthusiasts to try and try in advance.
OxygenOS has a good reputation among Android users, thanks to its hassle-free design that only adds small changes to the Android stock experience you will get, say, with a Pixel phone. While Samsung’s One UI comes with a lot of electronic information in the form of Samsung-specific apps, it also features many useful features, such as an ever-present display option, which has so far been lacking from OnePlus phones.
With Android 11 (the base of OxygenOS 11) almost complete according to Google timelines, we will surely see that the latest version of Android first appears in the OnePlus 8T series. The update will go towards OnePlus 8, OnePlus 8 Pro and OnePlus Nord shortly after, at least based on OnePlus’ rapid implementation in years past.